Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Trump calls new border wall a 'world-class security system'

Sep. 19, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump signed his name on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable. Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego's Otay Mesa area on Wednesday. It was a return trip...

Federal agency resists paying North Dakota oil protest cost

Sep. 18, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government is contesting North Dakota's claims that the state should be reimbursed for the $38 million the state spent policing prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal judge to dismiss...

Third round of flooding in 2019 likely along Missouri River

Sep. 16, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream, federal officials said. Heavy rains dumped more than four times what...

$2B waterway through Deep South yet to yield promised boom

Sep. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

EPES, Ala. (AP) — More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of "orderly growth and prosperity" when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn't worked out that way. Delayed for decades by...

Experts: Source of imbalance is key to why ship overturned

Sep. 11, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As authorities try to answer why a cargo ship carrying 4,200 vehicles overturned on the Georgia coast, maritime experts say investigators will be looking for shifting cargo or other problems that upset the giant vessel's balance enough to make it fall onto its side. The U.S. Coast...

Broken Columbia River barge lock means commerce chokehold

Sep. 9, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A critical navigation lock at the mighty Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River has shut down because of cracked concrete, meaning huge barges that transport millions of tons of wheat, wood and other goods from the inland Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Ocean for export are at a...

Corps official: Study needed of Missouri River flood options

Aug. 28, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday a study is needed to consider changes to flood-control measures along the Missouri River south of Sioux City, Iowa. Speaking after a U.S. Senate field hearing in North Sioux City, South Dakota, Brig. Gen. Peter...

Midwest states seek to fix Missouri River flood bottlenecks

Aug. 27, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year of devasting flooding, several Midwestern states are joining together to try to identify bottlenecks along the Missouri River that can cause waters to back up and worsen flooding in certain areas. Officials in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska teamed up to submit a...

Western states oppose plan to charge for US reservoir water

Aug. 23, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they say usurps states' authority over their own water. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the Water Supply Rule proposed in the...

Agency: Oxygen injectors pass crucial test in Georgia harbor

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Machines designed to inject extra oxygen into the Savannah River to help fish breathe exceeded expectations in a two-month test run earlier this year, a federal agency said Thursday in a report that's critical to completing a $973 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port...